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I have observed two fundamental types of change in the teachers I serve. First, they have realized that these "kits" are not elementary; in fact the modules are rich in genuine guided scientific inquiry. The story lines of the revised modules are strong. The SEPUP Modules can go a long way to preparing our students for the Science Washington State Science (WASL. The revised WASL is scenario-based and requires the students write from evidence. That is exactly what the modules promote.
The second change I have noticed in my science staff members who have participated in the field testing is that the literacy elements from the scenarios are being transferred to other units.
The program puts the student in the role of being the scientist. They are led in a direction but, in the end, the students feel they got there on their own. Just the way the module was set up, kids ended up showing other kids their results. They saw their results as real and would argue from them. Kids who didn't get the expected results would repeat their procedures without prompting. Often, they found they made a procedural error or they didn't look close enough. Throughout the module they became comfortable with the language of chemistry. Without teaching formulas, they are ready for the next step. They rarely learned a science term without seeing or experiencing it themselves. With Solutions and Pollution, the incoming seventh graders started the year with real science. This set the tone for the entire year.